Coast Guard hoists injured surfer in Seaside, Oregon

ASTORIA, Ore. — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an injured surfer near Tillamook Head in Seaside, Ore., Saturday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria transported the surfer to Seaside Airport and placed him in the care of a Life Flight helicopter crew who transported him to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland, Ore.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., received a call from Seaside Fire and Rescue reporting the injured surfer just north of Tillamook Head at approximately 1:09 p.m.

Sector Columbia River launched the Jayhawk aircrew that arrived on scene at approximately 1:45 pm.

The crew lowered a rescue swimmer and a rescue litter. The swimmer worked with a Seaside Fire and Rescue crew to place the injured surfer in the litter and prepare him for a hoist. The Jayhawk crew hoisted him to the helicopter and transferred him to Life Flight just after 2:30 p.m.

“The efforts of our aircrew today combined with the efforts of Seaside Fire and Rescue and Life Flight crewmembers enabled the victim to receive the medical treatment he needed at OHSU,” said Lt. Cmdr. David McCown, Jayhawk aircraft commander. “Coast Guard Sector Columbia River routinely trains with local rescue crews to ensure swift and effective response in emergencies like today.”

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